Ke$ha on SNL: "Does Anyone Ever Stop to Think Maybe We Are the Aliens?"
So, um, Uffie's back. Four years later her album, Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans, has a release date and in an interesting twist of events, her new song "ADD SUV" features Pharrell Williams, in what seems like a mainstream reward, or at least consolation prize, for partially pioneering the style that made Lady Gaga and Ke$ha millions. Now, Uffie sounds like the rip-off and M.I.A. sounds a little bit like a hater, but it might yet land one or both of them on Saturday Night Live.
It worked for Ke$ha, did you hear? Or it "worked," depending on who you listen to. See, her weekend versions of "Tik Tok" (above) and third single "Your Love is My Drug" are taking a lot of heat on the snippier corners of the internet. People seem embarrassed to admit that the performances are sort of endearing.
It's true: the costumes were absurd in a couldn't-quite-pull-it-off way; the moment for "Tik Tok" has passed, a capella intro or not; her voice was flat; her moves were stiff. She played nervously with lasers and interjected with a head-scratching query: "Does anyone ever stop to think maybe we are the aliens?" Maybe she even bit Sia on the second go-around. But the live renditions came with the sort of bated breath, edge of embarrassment awkwardness that comes with watching a loved one's dance recital. Ke$ha's not a robot; she's fallible. Damaged, even. Not an extraterrestrial -- just trying to make it.
"Your Love is My Drug" might still hit, despite the "Blah Blah Blah" flop. (The world still isn't ready for a Bloodhound Gang renaissance.) It's a warm weather radio jam and it sounds great loud as hell. But as it came to a close Saturday night, Ke$ha sounded broken when addressing the crowd. "It's Saturday night," she almost exclaimed, to tepid applause. "Who wants to make-out?" Crickets, practically.
Really now, is no one rooting for her?
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.